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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 28, 2011 9:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tracking The Big Transitional Tunes

Poor Donna. How about 5/25/77? Heck, most of '77 is a good Donna mix tape. Particularly shows without a PITB.

She's SO under-rated. None of the other cats in the alley can sing nearly as well.

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Poster: Granola Pilgrim Date: Mar 1, 2011 4:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tracking The Big Transitional Tunes

I actually like Donna a lot. Especially in '76. With the exception of the Playin' caterwauling, which I don't think is bad singing, I just don't think it fits the song. I think Donna Jean has had a lot of unfair criticism thrown her way. I'm a firm believer that if the finger is going to be pointed then proper blame should be affixed.
And in a 6 degrees of separation to Pigpen kind of way, if you don't like Donna in the Dead, you should direct your aggresions toward CSN&Y. It's their fault for singing in such sweet harmony. Jerry was playing slide on Deja Vu, he wanted to have a beautiful singing group like them so he had Phil singing the high parts. We all know Phil has a hard time singing any part. And after a while Phil's voice really hit the crapper and he was looking for someone else to handle his vocal duties, enter the beautiful Donna Jean. So, if CSN&Y didn't sing so well and Jerry didn't desire that sound, Donna would've never joined the band.
You can always blame Crosby more, he was the highest.

This post was modified by Granola Pilgrim on 2011-03-02 00:09:21

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 1, 2011 6:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tracking The Big Transitional Tunes

I like Phil's early harmonies. But that's funny about "blame Crosby, he's the highest." My kid describes Donna as "Minnie Mouse" or "Big Bird laying an egg." I do think she fits well in a lot of song -- Row Jimmy can be great with Donna, boring without; I miss her when she's not on MNS -- but yeah, not PITB of course, and she so does NOT belong on TOO. Or St Stephen, really. And then, everyone knows she's not always, ahem, quite in tune ... but when she's on, in the right song, it adds a lot.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffLum Edwards Date: Mar 1, 2011 7:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tracking The Big Transitional Tunes

She has said that she couldnt hear herself at most GD preformances. That might explain the not quite there singing she did at times ( or maybe she was just drunk?). I have a recent Donna concert somewhere, In that she sounds wonderful.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 1, 2011 7:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tracking The Big Transitional Tunes

Didn't she say they didn't give her a monitor or something? But then that does mean that, on the shows where she's good, they DID give her a monitor? Or what? It doesn't quite make sense. Maybe she just sometimes sang well in spite of not being able to hear herself ... like riding a bicycle ... and sometimes she just couldn't find that invisible bicycle. Who knows.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffLum Edwards Date: Mar 1, 2011 7:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tracking The Big Transitional Tunes

>>>Didn't she say they didn't give her a monitor or something?<<<

Lots of folks here would question the wisdom of giving her a mic. I read somewhere the soundguys would sometimes cut her mic off on really bad nights.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Mar 1, 2011 5:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tracking The Big Transitional Tunes

Actually, I love Donna, particularly with JGB... just listened to a "Sitting in Limbo" this morning, her vocals were magnificent, perfect accompaniment to Jerry. All us Dead cats admire her....